Drug & Identity Theft Charges Filed Against Nigerian National PDF Print E-mail

Orange – In a joint operation conducted by detectives from the Essex County Sheriff’s Bureau of Narcotics and officers from the Orange Police Department, a Nigerian national was arrested last yesterday afternoon on drug and identity theft charges.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers from both departments executed a search warrant issued by Superior Court Judge Michael A. Petrolle for 318 Elizabeth Avenue in Orange.

After failing to respond to numerous loud knocks on the front door and fearing the possible destruction of evidence, the sheriff’s BON detectives and Orange police made a forced entry and found a male, later identified as Olufemi Odeyemi, age 55, sitting on a couch in the living room.

Odeyemi, also known as Anthony Fisher, was detained and premises were searched.

In a filing cabinet in the basement, the officers discovered a clear plastic sandwich bag containing 25 grams of cocaine, a second sandwich bag containing 36 grams of heroin and a brown box containing 200 heroin-filled glassine envelops, each stamped “BE COOL” in purple ink. The street value of the narcotics was estimated in excess of $12,000.

Also discovered in the basement were a metal grinder, 704 empty glassine envelops, two rubber stamps with the impressions “BE COOL” and “777”, a digital scale and razor blades.

In the suspect’s wallet, the officers discovered a variety of fraudulent identification, including driver’s licenses, Social Security cards, passport application forms and other personal paperwork, belonging to three different out of state males.

Odeyemi was charged with two counts each of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of CDS with intent to distribute and possession of CDS with intent to distribute within 1000 feet of Park Avenue School. The suspect was also charged with possession of narcotics paraphernalia and identity theft.

West Orange municipal court Judge Harry J. Starrett ordered Odeyemi held at the Essex County jail in lieu of $150,000 cash bond only. The suspect will be arraigned on Monday’s charges later this week.